Have the rear quarters been painted edge to edge john ?
Not sure what exactly you mean. As far as I can see, all has been sprayed. If you compare the various pictures of the car at each stage, from those showing the car before any work at all was done, then with the rear bumper removed and then the whole of the boot floor and rear panel removed, you can see what has been replaced.
When I last checked they had just finished spraying the underside of the car. As far as I can tell, ALL the new and old panel work has had several coats of paint. Still some way to go paintwise including the clear coats. They've done several of my cars over the past two decades and they work to a good standard.
The panel assembly was spot welded as far as their spot welder could reach. Those areas out of reach were 'plug' welded. I gave up counting the welds when nearing 100! There are a lot! Repaired cars are never as nice as before the damage even when repaired to a high standard. However, there's no rush to get the car back ~ we have others ~ and without time constraints or pressures, they should do a better job ~ that's the theory anyway. The 'accident' happened on Mothers' Day IIRC ~ 18th March.
I drove the car after the accident with the bumper removed and because it drove so well, that played part in the decision to have it repaired and not sold for spares ~ which incidentally, would have shown a decent profit after buying back the car. For a start, my son offered 500 notes for the 1.8 engine ... well, he would wouldn't he ... no harm in asking ..
I'm watching this post constantly john! Its hard to believe that the car needed that much work as from the very first picture i thought, new bumper and boot etc!
Its looking very well done so far too. Keep us posted with pics on further progress!
Is it the way the camera took the picture or is that new paint a different blue from the trophy blue?
I believe the camera's flash has given the paint a bleached appearance from some closer angles. There was poor light in the spray booth. It looks better in the flesh.
They sourced a 'used' ZS bumper in good condition which had a slot cut out for the tow bar. They said they will fill the cut out and when painted in Trophy Blue it will look as new. I believe them but told them not to bother filling the cut slot ~ I will fit a Tow Bar to the ZS despite my son not having much appeal for the idea. ALL my cars have tow bars fitted mostly by myself and so far it's been a good deterant for inattentive drivers .... wished I'd have done what I wanted after all. Would have been a damage limitation at least I feel sure. Oh yes, thanks to good old ebay, I bought a 17" alloy as a spare (the car came without a spare! ) and that was in the boot at the time. It probably cushioned some of the impact. That silly little inflation bottle would not have done that...